If you’ve ever set a goal for yourself and accomplished it, you know how it feels to work toward it, deal with the challenges that come with it and ultimately achieve what you set out to do. It’s a long process, and it’s something that many people like to look back on to remind themselves of how far they’ve come.

For those who have a health goal in mind, custom photo books can be a great way to both look back on your progress and track it as you keep taking steps toward your goal. If you’re trying to lose weight or build muscle, a month-by-month or week-by-week photo book is an excellent way to show just how much things have changed in a short time period. Here are some of the benefits to consider!

Tangible Proof of Progress

Have you ever set a weight loss goal and gotten off to a great start, only to hit a plateau after a few weeks? If so, you know how difficult it can be to keep a positive mindset when you’re not seeing results on your scale. When you’re far from your goal weight but only losing a pound or two at a time, or worse, not losing any weight at all, staying motivated can be difficult, and it’s easy to lose focus and confidence.

Creating a photo book of each week or each month can fix that because you can see for yourself just how far you really have come toward your goal. If you’ve lost 20 pounds in three months, all it takes is one look at your before and after photos to keep you going — and all it takes is a few clicks on Mixbook to create a photo book that can show you your progress every day.

Positive Thoughts

Have you ever gone to the gym and taken a picture of a friend lifting? That’s the kind of picture that can be presented in a positive manner to encourage positive feelings. Every journey to a major goal is filled with lots of small steps along the way and taking the time to add these to your photo book can help create positive thoughts as you look back on the past. Maybe you’ve worked on getting through an academic program or prepared yourself to run a 10K. Documenting your progress can be a great way to create fantastic memories.

Mixing Work and Fun

Achieving a goal doesn’t have to be a chore, and truthfully, it shouldn’t be. The more a goal feels like work, the less likely it is that you’ll feel motivated to pursue it. Instead, you can make it fun by adding a creative theme to your photo album that symbolizes what your goal is and what you’ve done along the way to achieve it. Using bright colors or inspirational sayings are a nice touch that can really make your pursuit of your goal an enjoyable endeavor.

No matter what your health goals or life goals are, tracking them and keeping up with progress make it more likely that you’ll eventually achieve them. Making custom photo books through Mixbook’s program is an easy, user-friendly way to have some fun with your goal — and make it something you’ll want to look back on when it’s done!